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another cyber attack !

rongtw
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another cyber attack !

breaking news !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40394074

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DaveyH
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Re: another cyber attack !

Must be a slow news day!

It's hardly Breaking news.

Cyber attacks happen all the time and the fact that it's a government department affected is hardly surprising...
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Re: another cyber attack !

I heard it as a 'spider' attack - that would be news to an Arachnophobia

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Re: another cyber attack !

apparently only about 90 accounts were affected http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40398696

The spokesman said the parliamentary network was compromised due to "weak passwords" which did not conform to guidance from the Parliamentary Digital Service.

They added: "As they are identified, the individuals whose accounts have been compromised have been contacted and investigations to determine whether any data has been lost are under way."

bjallenby
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Re: another cyber attack !

Yet another PEBKAC situation rather than IT situation. Anyone remember Gary McKinnon. He managed to break into the US military and NASA with a simple script knocking on Windows machines looking for ones that didn't even have a password on them. He went undiscovered in their systems for over a year and only got caught when he forgot about timezone differences. Then suddenly the US are claiming he broke X amount of systems, causing Y amount of damage, which just so happened to be the minimum required to try and force an extradition.

Someone that spends months in your systems undetected isn't breaking a God damn thing America. Doing so would have brought him to the Americans attention far sooner. Rather they wanted to get him in front of a US court and make an example of him because of their woefully embarrassing security.

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Re: another cyber attack !

I wonder how many judges understand enough about computers and the internet to understand all the evidence laid before them.